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The U. S. Capitol Christmas Tree 2010

A Capitol Christmas Tree has been an American tradition since 1964. The first tree was a live 24-foot Douglas fir planted on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. This tree died after the 1968 tree lighting ceremony due to severe wind and root damage. The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service has provided a fresh tree every year since 1969. The 2010 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was harvested by Bridger-Teton National Forest in the State of Wyoming. In mid-November, the tree began the trip by truck across the state of Wyoming heading east to the U.S. Capitol. In late November, the tree was delivered to the U.S. Capitol, where it was lowered into 5-foot deep hole and strung with lights. Schoolchildren from Wyoming made the 5,000 ornaments reflecting the theme of Wyoming-Forever West that were used to decorate the 67-foot Engelmann Spruce. The tree was lit on December 7th by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The Capitol Christmas Tree is lit from dusk until 11 p.m. each evening through January 1, 2011.

For both those who celebrate Christmas and those who do not, I hope the holiday was happy!

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